Lia Paul – Office Manager & Bookeeper

10996526_10207255125162771_6368543389832190728_nLia joined the Florida’s Children First (FCF) family in February 2014 after relocating to Broward County from Miami-Dade. In addition to managing the office, she also handles the bookkeeping, human resources, payroll and graphic design needs for the office. Born in Chicago, she attended the University of Miami where she discovered her love for non-profit work and having the work she does count toward the greater good. Lia has a natural ability to analyze and organize anything, simplifying processes, and saving a great deal of time and resources. 

She volunteers extensively for her church and has successfully homeschooled two of her three children to graduation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, singing at various South Florida entertainment venues, boutique catering, textile crafts, painting, and recipe development. 

Lia is a true asset to our organization; enthusiastically keeping the office streamlined and running smoothly so that we can be our most effective in our mission to bring forth a positive change for all of Florida’s foster children.

Please Contact Lia HERE.

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Alexia Nechayev

FYS Events & Meeting Chair
(Palm Beach)

Hello, My name is Alexia Nechayev. I am 25 years old and I am an alumna of Florida International University where I received my B.A. in Psychology. My future career goal is to be a Lawyer. I was in care for about one year from age 17 to 18. Prior to entering care, I only knew about the negative stigma regarding foster care and while in care that narrative was unfortunately my experience.

In school I felt like I was on display because my status in care was broadcast to other students and in my placement behavior was leveraged for “privileges” that should be a natural right of all children. Because I did not know my rights I did not know that what I was experiencing was wrong. Today this is exactly why I advocate, because I don’t want this to be the same for other youth who are experiencing foster care.

This is my second year on the FYS Statewide Board and I’m happy to be the Events and Meetings Chair this year because my main goal through advocacy is to reach as many people as possible. My favorite thing as a board member is to see how comfortable members become while working together. The community needs to know that youth in foster care are real people, going through some of the hardest moments of their life and youth need to know that their voice is powerful. I believe that we have to speak up and bring these issues to people’s attention so that they do not forget us. Advocacy, education and consistency is the only way.

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